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Key Facts

Full name
Harold Lever

Known as
Harry Lever

Born
5 January 1886

Died
19 July 1970 (aged 84)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 226d
Last game: 36y 254d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 2, 1, 4, 25, 16

Harry Lever

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1905-1915, 1918-1919, 1921-192221860.0337%0
Total1905-1915, 1918-1919, 1921-192221860.0337%0

AFL: 1,088th player to appear, 479th most games played, 5,758th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 235th player to appear, 24th most games played, 537th most goals kicked

Harry Lever was an ultra dependable full back whose career tally of 218 VFL games established a St Kilda record which stood for half a century. He actually began his career with Brighton in the amateurs but it was with the Saints that he would achieve virtually everything the game had to offer, bar a premiership. In 1907 he lost a couple of fingers in a buzz saw accident but dealt with the wound himself and lined up for St Kilda as usual that weekend.

Lever's VFL career panned out in three phases: 1905 to 1915, 1918-19 and 1921-22. St Kilda did not field a team in 1916 and 1917 and Lever spent the 1920 season back at Brighton, which by this point in time was a member of the VFA. 

St Kilda were a weak team for most of Lever's career but they did manage to reach a grand final in 1913 when they were captained by Lever. Unfortunately, they lost to Fitzroy.

Regarded as one of the finest kicks in the game, Lever was once credited with a place kick of 72 yards. He typically used either place kicks or drop kicks when kicking off after a behind. He was also rather old fashioned in that he wore a cap whilst playing, a habit which earned him some good natured ribbing. Another career highlight was representing Victoria against South Australia in 1913.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.